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  • Royal Ascot honours Britain's Armed Forces

    Last week Royal Ascot organisers held a special Armed Forces Day to recognise the work of those who serve in Her Majesty's Armed Forces and to also raise money for the Forces' three national charities. Paul Hewson, our regional director, was there to soak up the atmosphere.

  • Barnes Wallis
    Barnes Wallis – A portrait by his grandson

    In an exclusive interview with Jonathan Stopes Roe, the grandson of bouncing bomb inventor Barnes Wallis, he gives a personal account of Wallis as a grandfather.

  • "I enjoyed flying Lancasters"

    In an exclusive interview, Les Munro, the last surviving pilot from the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us about his fond memories of flying the aircraft that was chosen for the mission – the Lancaster.

  • RAF Scampton Skate Park gets thumbs up!

    The new Skate Park at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire was officially opened this week by Station Commander, Wing Commander Richard Turner, much to the delight of the local school children.

  • Hoppy Hopgood: "If I don't come back will you please destroy that letter"

    Johnny Johnson, one of the last remaining servicemen who flew in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us the story of a man who never made it home, John 'Hoppy' Hopgood.

  • Twelve Lancasters: Bomb Drop Training

    Les Munro, the last remaining pilot to have flown in the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, explained in an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, the dangers that were involved in the bomb drop training.

  • The Debrief

    The job was still not done once the surviving 11 crews of 617 Squadron had made it back to RAF Scampton on the morning of 17 May 1943.

  • World War I comic series raises money for the RAF Benevolent Fund

    Comic creators are raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund through a new comic series that chronicles the lives of various World War I pilots.

  • The Prisoners of War

    Fifty-six men from 617 Squadron who carried out the Dambusters raid on 16 and 17 May 1943 failed to return and all were presumed dead. Three, however, managed to make miraculous escapes and were subsequently taken prisoner.

  • "The Germans had a perfect copy of the bomb"

    Johnny Johnson, a bomb aimer on the Dambusters raid of 16 and 17 May 1943, tells us about the one complete bouncing bomb that got into the hands of the Germans.

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